Love Your Block - Frequently Asked Questions


​1. When does the application open? When is the deadline?

The application opens on September 29th, 2016 at 9 am and will be open for 5 weeks, closing on November 3rd, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

2. How long will the Love Your Block initiative be active in Richmond?

Love Your Block grants will be available for at least 2 more years. However, we are currently seeking ways to increase funding for this initiative so that we can continue to provide mini-grants for several more years.

3. How often does Love Your Block accept applications?

We have completed one grant cycle and will have 2 more open grant application periods over the next two years. Our second round will take place between September 29th, 2016 and November 3rd, 2016.

4. Are grants available for all of Richmond or targeted in certain neighborhoods?

Although the Love Your Block grants may be used for projects in any Richmond neighborhood, those who apply from our target neighborhoods of Parchester and North Richmond (incorporated and unincorporated) will receive priority consideration. However, we welcome grant applications from anyone who can propose unique ways to benefit our city.

5. Who can apply for the grant?

Anyone whose project will benefit the City of Richmond may apply! If you have an idea that can improve the Richmond community, we’d love to hear from you! Applications from our target neighborhoods of North Richmond (incorporated and unincorporated) and Parchester will receive priority consideration.

6. How much should I apply for? Is there a maximum amount that the Love Your Block Grant will award?

You should apply for the amount that covers supplies you will need, up to $2,000. For example, if you want to paint a wall, the grant funds could go towards purchasing brushes, paint, blue tape, etc. You are required to provide a budget in your grant application that will outline the costs of resources your project will need.

Grant funds are not for personal use and will not cover labor costs/stipends or bulk t-shirt orders. Instead, volunteers and city workers will come together to work on the project. We recently launched the Richmond Tool Library so that you are not required to purchase brand new tools for your project. The Richmond Tool Library is located in our Community Services building at 3230 Macdonald Ave.

7. How can I apply?

You may access the 2016/2017 grant application by clicking on "Grant Application" in the top left corner of this page or by clicking on the link below. The 2016/2017 Love Your Block Grant Application is available in English and Spanish.

2016/2017 Love Your Block Grant Application (English)
2016/2017 Love Your Block Grant Application (Español)

All applicants must attend one grant-writing workshop in order for their applications to receive consideration. We will host six workshops throughout the application period. Pre-registration is not necessary for attendance. Dates, times, and locations are as follows:

 Date Time   Address
 October 5, 2016 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Shields-Reid Community Center
1410 Kelsey St, Richmond, CA 94801
 October 13, 2016 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm  Parchester Village Community Center
900 Williams Drive, Richmond, CA 94806

 October 17, 2016 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Shields-Reid Community Center
1410 Kelsey St, Richmond, CA 94801
 October 24, 2016 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Richmond City Hall - Richmond Room
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

 October 27, 2016 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Parchester Village Community Center
900 Williams Drive, Richmond, CA 94806
 November 1, 2016 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm 
Richmond City Hall - Richmond Room
440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804

​8. I have an idea for a revitalization project but I’m not sure what my first step should be. What should I do?

Talk to us if you have any questions! We’re here to help! Contact:

Nadia Perez 
(510) 621-1568 

Stephanie Ny
(501) 620-6563

9. How do I create the solution to the problem my grant sets out to address?

Our grant application is a bit different from most grants out there. We want the grant to be accessible to all community members and we will be here for you throughout the grant-writing process to answer any questions you may have. In order to create a successful application, you have to know the issue you want to tackle. Is it an overgrown lot? Broken sidewalk? Specify where the problem is located. Have an idea of how you want to solve this problem. Some of you will know the exact solution, and others will probably need a bit more guidance. That’s okay! Let us know and we will work with you to brainstorm an idea together. Have an approximate budget for the supplies you will need. You can contact us if you’re not sure how to create a budget and we will help you out. We want to ensure anyone who wants to apply, can! Let us know if you have questions about the grant process and we will make sure you get the assistance you need.

​10. How long will it be before I know the status of my application?

After the application deadline has passed, we will take a few weeks to review the applications. You should hear back from us via e-mail or phone by Monday, November 21st. A list of grant winners will also be posted on our website.

​11. Who should I contact for more information?

If you have any questions, please call or e-mail us and we’d be happy to assist you. Our information is located at the bottom of this page.

For more information, please contact:

Nadia Perez
(510) 621-1568

Stephanie Ny
(510) 620-6563